A northern range expansion for the green tree frog (Hyla cinerea) and trends in distributions of Illinois reptiles and amphibians.

John K. Tucker, James T. Lamer, Chad R. Dolan

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Abstract

The green tree frog (Hyla cinerea) is reported from Stump Lake in Jersey County, Illinois, 110 km north of the previous northernmost record in Illinois. Comparing range maps from two studies of Illinois herpetology published almost 40 years apart tested the hypothesis that herpetological range expansions in Illinois are primarily northward. Thirteen species were found that had new records primarily to the north and six with new records primarily to the south supporting the hypothesis. Four of the six latter species are prairie specialists that could also be expected to benefit from warmer, drier conditions further strengthening the suggestion that climatic change may have influenced herpetological distributions in Illinois.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125--131
JournalTransactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science
Volume101
Issue number1/2
StatePublished - 2008

Keywords

  • INHS

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